Most Americans — blessed with an inimitable Constitution written by men of great character and wisdom who understood the profound importance of human liberty — take freedom of expression for granted. So it sometimes surprises them to learn that their notion of free speech and free press is exceptional in the world.
Voters in Iceland infuriated bankers and European governments yet again by rejecting for a second time a proposal to force taxpayers to cover the massive debts of private Icelandic banks that failed during the economic crisis. But the battle is not over yet.
The ban on burqas and other Islamic face coverings went into effect in France yesterday. Police hauled off a few face-covered Muslim women, while outside the French embassy in London "British" Muslims protested the new law, designed to force the integration of Muslims into French society.